A VALIDATION OF THE SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS SCALE
Many researchers highlighted the need to develop organizational guidelines to enable the
effective support and maintenance of critical human resources during expatriate sojourns.
However, lack of instruments that measure perceived support for fly-in, fly-out academics
has been a shortcoming in past research. In this study, the development of the Short-term
International Teaching Assignments Scale (STITAS) is described. The STITAS was composed
of 13 items aimed to measure four factors of perceived support: organisational support, HR
support, financial support and career support. The STITAS was piloted with 193 fly-in, fly-out
academics from 24 Australian universities that participated actively in transnational education.
Data analyses involved Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis.
Cronbach’s alpha of the STITA was found to be 0.85, and the construct validity with the fourfactor
structure was confirmed with GFI = 0.917.
Keywords: Instrument Development; Academics; Short-Term Assignments; Australia.
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